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Residents turn on police as they recover hijacked vehicle and arrest suspects

Aug 29, 2018
Residents turn on police as they recover hijacked vehicle and arrest suspects

On Tuesday, at about 16:20, members of Port Elizabeth K9 unit were patrolling in Shauderville when they spotted a suspicious vehicle parked at the corners of Glendenning and Dinsmore Roads with three male occupants inside.

"When the registration number was checked, it came up positive as a hijacked vehicle," described police spokesperson, W/O Alwin Labans.

"When the members turned their vehicle around, the driver of the white Kia Picanto started to drive away.

"Backup was requested and the Visible Gang Intervention Team, Gelvandale CPU, Algoa Park CPU and Kabega police responded."

He said that the officers succeeded in stopping the car and the occupants were arrested.

"The vehicle was hijacked in the Humewood area earlier this month. The suspects aged 19-23 were detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen vehicle."

W/O Labans said that while the police officers were busy effecting the arrests, the community became hostile and police left the area.

"While driving in Dinsmore Street, VGIT members noticed a black bakkie with a wanted suspect inside. The bakkie was pulled over and the suspect forced out of the vehicle," he described.

"As police pulled the suspect’s hand out of his pants, they found a 9mm pistol tucked inside."

The suspect, aged 29, is wanted for a murder and robbery which took place in Lawler Street Shauderville on the 15th of August where one person was shot several times while sitting outside his house with a friend.

"It is alleged that three suspects approached, armed with firearms, shot the deceased and robbed them of gold rings, music systems and cash," he described.

"A 42 year old man was fatally wounded. The suspect is detained on charges of murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition."

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile has re-iterated that "it is encouraging to note that from a proactive perspective our members are in the faces of criminals and we will not rest until they are flushed out and behind bars. We are serious about turning the tide on crime and criminals".